Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Calgary is "top of mind" in Ottawa as his government moves to grow the economy — while protecting the environment — by allowing two major pipeline projects to go ahead.
Last month, Trudeau's cabinet gave the green light to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and Enbridge's Line 3 project, while rejecting the controversial Enbridge-backed Northern Gateway project.
He told a business audience at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce year-end breakfast Wednesday morning that the two projects will create upward of 22,000 jobs.
"They will give much needed hope to thousands of hard-working people in Alberta's conventional energy sector, who have suffered a great deal in the past two years," he said.
"And as I said in making the announcement, these approvals are a major win for Canadian workers, for Canadian families and for the Canadian economy."
The Calgary Chamber of Commerce hosted the sold-out event at the BMO Centre on the Stampede Grounds.
The projects will demonstrate to Canada and the world that responsible resource development can happen in concert with solid environmental protections, Trudeau said.
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